The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork.
2 Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night sheweth knowledge.
3 There is no speech nor language, where their voice is not heard.
4 Their line is gone out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world. In them hath he set a tabernacle for the sun,
5 Which is as a bridegroom coming out of his chamber, and rejoiceth as a strong man to run a race.
6 His going forth is from the end of the heaven, and his circuit unto the ends of it: and there is nothing hid from the heat thereof.
7 The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple.
8 The statutes of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes.
9 The fear of the Lord is clean, enduring for ever: the judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether.
10 More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold: sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb.
11 Moreover by them is thy servant warned: and in keeping of them there is great reward.
12 Who can understand his errors? cleanse thou me from secret faults.
13 Keep back thy servant also from presumptuous sins; let them not have dominion over me: then shall I be upright, and I shall be innocent from the great transgression.
14 Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord, my strength, and my redeemer.
Public Domain KJV text from Wordproject.org
“We should do well to read often the nineteenth psalm, that we may understand how the Lord binds up His law with His created works” [CT 453].
Yes, Law—“design laws” in nature, whose principles of cause and consequence echo the unfailing operation of the Moral Law. But there’s more:
Scientists speak of “the unreasonable effectiveness of mathematics”—the “language” that describes relationships [physics] within properties and between entities.
Life begets life and kind gives rise to kind, with non-flexible boundaries between created “kinds,” and latitude for variation within a “kind.”
But there are limitations, too: We can’t go backward into history, and we don’t know the future—and we can’t really know the present, at the deepest level. [Those who are familiar will recognize the famous “uncertainty principle” from Heisenberg.] We can’t grasp infinity and we can’t reach the speed of light, and those who depend on the pristine workings of logic must still begin somewhere, with faith in initial assumptions.
God created a system that works so well, so balanced, that it seems to work by itself. Some see it as an excuse to dismiss God. Yet faith and closer observation reveal the hand of the Master Designer.
Truly, “the earth is full of His glory”!
Artist—designing and building stained glass windows. Spokane Valley Seventh-day Adventist Church, Washington, USA (as of this writing)